I keep saying "I have not idea how this is all going to fit in one bag!" But we did it again!
In your share this week:
- Swiss Chard
- Salad Mix
- Romaine Head Lettuce
- Butter Bib Head Lettuce
- Garlic Scapes, last of the season
- Zucchini - only enough for Smoot and Alpine CSA members this week, we'll rotate to the rest of you as we get more.
To clarify the difference between the head lettuces - the Romaine (which you've already been getting this season) is longer, the butter bib is like a round ball.
We joke around a bit about the zucchini and squash. In the beginning, people are so excited to hear their pick up site was chosen to get the very first zucchini of the year (when really, it's not so much a choice as it is basic math - that we only have just enough for those in Alpine and Smoot). The plants will provide us with a different scenario next week and the week after that (we hope it's enough for Afton? and then Jackson?). Soon there will be so many zucchini that I'm tossing some to the chickens, giving the "big ones" to the workshares, and even using some as target practice (you'll have to trust me on that last one). We try to be fair and rotate new crops to all the CSA members if there aren't enough for everyone on the first picking.
A topic of discussion on the farm this week was salad mix, particularly if there will be a bag of mixed salad greens included in your share of veggies every week of the season. Sorry, the answer to this question is "No". Some people are a little disappointed to hear this because they "love it so much!" "It's my favorite part of the share!" Thanks for the compliment, but the truth is, this week we almost didn't have salad mix. It's not an easy crop to grow and time consuming to harvest and wash up each week. We are dealing with heat, bug infestations, severe thunder storms, way behind on much needed weeding, having enough help on the day we plan to do salad, etc. All of these factors have to be just right to make it happen. Thankfully, the pelting rains last week only damaged one variety of the greens that go in our mix (which left us with only 3 out of our regular 4, but that's enough for a good salad). Thankfully, we have a new batch of salad that grew really quickly and the bugs aren't in it too bad, yet. Thankfully, Shain felt he could spare the time away from his other farm priorities and carefully cut just enough greens for the CSA while I was out picking the spinach. Thankfully, the workshares weren't needing to leave so quickly at the end of their shift and stayed to help wash just a little longer. Today, it all worked and we are happy to provide you with another bag of beautiful salad greens. Please understand that as the summer goes on and we have more food to harvest, there will be weeks we just can't do the salad mix.
This is one of the reasons we are experimenting with growing several varieties of head lettuces. When you find a good variety that does well despite the challenges of our growing conditions, (grows well in cold, slow to bolt in heat, tastes great/not bitter from the heat, easy to harvest and wash, etc.) it's wonderful for so many reasons. Time is one of our biggest challenges on the farm and having other salad options that are less time consuming is a necessity to keep us on track for having a nice variety of plentiful produce. Let us know what you think of the lettuce heads we've tried this year. The Romaine is a keeper for sure! It grows very well and is a Farmer Shain favorite.
Some of the way we used our garlic scapes this last week:
We also made multiple batches of the garlic scape pesto that I mentioned last week. SO GOOD!
Coming Soon: fresh garlic, carrots, beets, cilantro, zucchini, and summer squash.
Help Needed: Did I mention that we "accidentally" planted "too much" garlic last fall? Somehow, Shain and I miscommunicated and all the drip lines that he prepared for planting single rows of garlic - magically became double rows of planted garlic. This means we will have more garlic for CSA members, but it also means we have twice as much to dig up, bunch and hang to cure. Later on, we'll have twice as much to clean and bag up. We are going to need some help! We are looking for volunteers and folks who "will work for garlic". Start thinking about it and let me know if you are interested.
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!